Autumn in the dahlia garden by Celeste Mookherjee

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This is another of the very last dahlias at my local botanical garden. Like the one I posted yesterday, this dying flower held onto a hint of her formerly glorious color. She was propped on another flower’s stem, giving the impression that she could still sit up and face the sun. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/100 sec., ISO 1600, open shade, handheld)

Top 10 in “Autumn Theme Challenge” in Flowers in Macro group

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 3 years ago

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    .. did I miss yesterday’s? .. I have to go check…this just is evidence of your eye.. you see beauty. and capture that beauty.. where others woudl not… Celeste, my friend The Artist…

  • Thank you! I’m sure I must have looked odd, spending a fair amount of time creating photographs in the dahlia garden that no long contained a single living bloom.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 3 years ago

    For me they look like frozen flames…a beauty. You see beauty everywhere, Celeste.

  • You’re right, they do look like frozen flames. It’s appropriate, as I remember the flowers on this plant when they were alive: vibrant orange and with petals shaped like licking flames. Thanks, Eby!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    So beautiful and wonderful character in the dying petals! Love it!!!!!

  • Thanks, Angie! I really feel vindicated when some of my fellow artists understand and appreciate the beauty in dying forms.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago

    even in their demise they are beautiful ( well I think so anyway)

  • I agree. They exhibit beautiful textures as they are on their way out. Thanks!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Richard Maier
    Richard Maier6 months ago

    Gorgeous! The drying petals have a complexity that they never had when fresh and new.

  • Thank you, Richard! The forms and textures really are fascinating as the petals dry up.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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